Jump Into Foods & Fitness: Recommended Websites for Families

A few of the many websites that can help you help your child learn about nutrition, physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices are listed here:

  • MSU Extension  – This page provides links to the MSU Extension programs related to food, nutrition and health.
  • Common Food Allergens – This page lists common food allergens and contains information designed to increase food allergy awareness, information and research. The site is part of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans – This online version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages Americans to aim for fitness, build a healthy base (using MyPyramid when choosing foods) and choose sensibly.
  • Children’s Health Fund –  Free Health Education Materials.
  • eat right – Information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on eating right for kids, parents, men, women and seniors.
  • Kidnetic.com – This site features interactive games; “bright papers” on topics related to children and physical, healthy eating and self-esteem; and recipes for youth nutrition, fitness and more. Kidnetic.com is sponsored by the International Food Information Council Foundation.
  • ChooseMyPlate.gov – This is an official home of MyPlate, a tool designed to help people select foods for a balanced diet. The page offers links to information about MyPlate in English and Spanish. It was developed by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
  • MyPlate for Children – This is an adaptation of MyPlate designed with nutrition messages for children aged 6 to 11. It includes an interactive computer game, tips for families, and MyPlate for Kids posters. It was developed by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
  • Nutritive Value of Foods (USDA Home and Garden Bulletin 72) – This document, which is published by the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory, allows readers to research the nutrient content of favorite foods.
  • Team Nutrition Parent Place – Team Nutrition is a network of parents, teachers, food service staff, health and education groups, and the food and agricultural community. At this site you’ll find information on improving the school nutrition environment and links to nutrition information for youth and families. Team Nutrition is a program of the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • “VERB: It’s What You Do” Tween Site – “VERB: It’s What You Do” was a national, multicultural, social marketing campaign that ran from 2002-2006 and that encouraged kids aged 9 to 13 (tweens) of all physical ability and skill levels to become physically active every day. The campaign was coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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